I recently co-hosted a baby shower for my beautiful daughter. She and her husband are expecting their second child the end of this month-she will join her older “almost 4-year old” brother. Needless to say, we are all tickled PINK. The baby shower was pink all-over and we spared no efforts on blasting the decor with polka dots and ruffles and girly-girl frills.
The theme was “Lara’s Ready to Pop” so the food was framed around foods having the word “pop” in them: herbed cheese popovers, “pop”-ular cheese ball, artichoke-cheese poppers, fruit pops (fruit balls on skewers), sparkling popping beverages, jalapeno poppers, and a popcorn bar featuring 3 different flavors. From their wedding, small homemade chalk boards were used to identify the food.
The cake was a 4-layer white cake decked out in pink frosting ruffles. I researched how to do the ruffles and how to make swiss meringue buttercream frosting. Thank goodness for uTube and tutorials. Even though I am a college home economics major, had a catering business for 8 years, and a veteran cook, I knew the margins for error on the frosting so I really wanted to know all there was to making it and how to effectively make the ruffles with a frosting tip. There were a grand total of 26 eggs whites (10 in the frosting and 16 in the 4 layers of white cake). Now I am making chocolate pudding, creme brulee, and lime pie with the remaining egg yolks!
I made a miniature banner for the cake. One said “Welcome” in pink glittered letters and the other one said “Mira” in the same letters.
I presented my daughter with her cabbage patch doll wrapped up in the pink bunting I used as an infant. I also finished the log cabin quilt which was started for her over 26 years ago. It was comprised of the leftover fabric from the dresses I made for her. Happily I found the bedspread my mother embroidered for me when I was 5. It was used as the other side of the quilt. Wonderfully the colors work in the nursery which is coral, dark blue, and gray.
We used lots of the tissue paper fluff balls, polka dotted folded fans turned into circles, pink polka dot and chevron printed banners, and bouquets of pink yarn pom pom flowers and muffin cup paper flowers (layers in graduating sizes). There was a manzanita branch used for guests to write a message for baby or words of wisdom for mom and dad as well. We also had branches from a pink flowering plum tree which had been forced to pop open.
Favors were cake pops sweetly wrapped in cellophane bags tied with notes saying “Thanks for popping by.” It was such a lovely pink affaire and now I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my sweet and precious granddaughter, Mira Elisabeth.